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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Good Bye Clinic Teng Bukap

Teng Bukap loses sole clinic to fire
By Gary Adit
The Borneo Post Press, Wednesday (16 July 2008)

All medical equipment destroyed in 12.35am blaze

KUCHING: Eight villages in Teng Bukap are now without any medical facilities after the only clinic serving the area was razed to the ground in a 12.35am blaze yesterday.

The government health clinic in Padawan was built in 1981.

The fire was believed to have started from the clinic’s administration office and was first noticed by villagers who immediately alerted the clinic’s sole medical assistant, three nurses and an attendant staying at the quarters nearby.

According to a villager, four men, including two police officers, used fire extinguishers in the clinic to try put out the fire but were unsuccessful as the flames had already spread to the ceiling of the double-storey wooden structure.

A team of firemen arrived at the scene around 1am but efforts to douse the blaze were hampered by low water pressure, forcing them to source the water from a nearby stream.

By the time the fire was brought under control, the clinic and all its equipment were destroyed although those at the scene were able to rescue a government Landcruiser after smashing its window to release the handbrake and pushing it to safety.

The Borneo Post was told that the 27-year-old clinic had only recently been renovated and had been given a fresh coat of paint in addition to a new perimeter fencing. It was also learnt that a government rest house in the area will be used as a makeshift clinic for the time being.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated and no injuries were reported.

The Clinic is said had been renovated and had been given a fresh coat of paint. What is going wrong?? Payment to the sub of sub contractor?? Up to you to figure out.
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